A 17-year-old male from Story County is being criminally charged as an adult after he and another student allegedly assaulted a wrestling teammate during a hazing incident.
According to Story County Sheriff’s Office Captain Nicholas Lennie, 17-year-old Kade Blume was taken into custody Monday after a criminal investigation that lasted over six months and included interviews with a victim, a witness, and the two subjects. “On April 22, we received a tip about an alleged hazing incident from some high school wrestlers up in the Roland-Story School District,” Lennie said. “Upon following up, we learned that the victim was assaulted by two individuals. One of them [Blume] is being charged as an adult.”
Lennie told StoryCounty.News that Blume was 16 years old at the time of the assault, which occurred on January 1, according to court documents. The other suspect, who was 15 years old at the time, is being charged for the assault as a juvenile referral. His name is not being released by authorities.
The individuals involved in the hazing incident were reportedly teammates on the Roland-Story High School wrestling team. Blume is a two-time state champion, winning the Class 2A title at 106 pounds in 2021 and 113 pounds earlier this year.
According to a sheriff’s office press release, Blume is accused of stripping off the victim’s clothes and using a pencil to assault him. The crime took place at the victim’s Roland home, according to Lennie.
Blume has been charged with Assault – Penetration of Genitalia or Anus with Object, a class “C” felony.
Lennie noted that although hazing and initiations occur somewhat frequently among high school athletes, rarely do situations become this extreme. “This is not common,” Lennie acknowledged. “Hazing is somewhat subjective on how it’s defined. It could just be defined as bullying, as well.”
After being booked at the Story County Jail, Blume was transported to the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora. He has since been released under pretrial supervision.
According to court documents, he is set to appear for a preliminary hearing Monday, November 28 at 1:00 p.m.
What he did is, often, and elsewhere, referred to as rape. Why are you afraid to use that word?
Totally agree – he used “bullying” as the more offensive term as opposed to “hazing”.
WTF dude, the crime is sexual assault, and the common term is rape.
This article implies that the victim was being hazed as a part of joining Roland- Story wrestling. That implication is unfounded. Everyone involved was on that team but Roland-Story wrestling has no history of this kind of behavior. This horrible and unfortunate act has absolutely nothing to do with wrestling or Roland- Story schools.
why not more attention and have colleges looking at him have been told. This is sickening and when you search his name on the internet all you see is his success in wrestling. Should have sex offender at the top.
After this goes through the legal system and he gets a conviction when you look up his name it will be on there in the future and likely to stay on there forever if they keep him in adult court
I’m tired of hearing the word “hazing”, these kids use this word as an opportunity to harass, bully and assault both mentally and physically. Then it’s brushed under the rug because they said it was just “hazing”, how far is too far? When is enough enough?
Also, this incident is not related to the Roland-Story wrestling program under any circumstances, this program under no conditions does it exercise “hazing”. This was a choice made by these two individuals and in no way shape or form influenced by the Roland-Story wrestling program.
Same situation as the Clarion football players, all 3 got hand slaps, and one went on to be convicted of multiple counts of rape is now a registered sex offender. Part of the problem is law enforcement trying to downplay it, and the courts downplaying it, and of course the media calling rape anything but rape.
The fact that they are burying this boy under his successful wrestling career is disgusting. All of that should be stripped as it’s not part of his SEXUAL ASSAULT case. I pray & hope that they do not give this boy any leniency because “he’s a good kid with a bright future in wrestling & shouldn’t be judged for the rest of his life for one mistake blah blah blah” but what about the victim? The victim went through it too & has to live with it for the rest of their life ANNNNNDDDDD didn’t even get a choice in the matter! No these boys needs to feel the weight of the consequences for the SEXUAL. ASSAULT they chose to do. They had a choice & choose wrong. That victim had no choice.